[rescue] Re: Drive Reliability (was SCSI drive for sale at buy.com)

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at hawkmountain.net
Wed May 14 10:25:18 CDT 2003

Any idea if it is good ?

Why throw away a good MFM drive ?

Certain old rescues could very well need one (i.e. old Altos Xenix
boxes, older VAX gear, old PC, XT, AT, etc).

Got a stash of various MFM drives myself.  I've had MFM, ESDI, SCSI,
and IDE drives... somehow missing RLL along the way :-) ).

-- Curt

>From: Jeffrey Nonken <jeff_work at nonken.net>
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>Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 09:31:17 -0400
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>On Fri, 25 Apr 2003 16:17:50 -0400, Jeffrey Nonken <jeff_work at nonken.net>
>> On Fri, 25 Apr 2003 11:44:12 -0400, Charles Shannon Hendrix
>> <shannon at widomaker.com> wrote:
>> > At one shop where I worked we used to make bets on when a Micropolis
>> > drive died.  None made it past 2 weeks.
>> >
>> > I heard that they were actually assembling drives in plain offices, just
>> > to cram enough out the door to keep from going bankrupt, at one point
>> > near the end.
>> I'm trying to remember if Micropolis was the brand I had with the heads
>> that would stick... or maybe that was Mitsubishi.
>> They'd stick to the platter. When you powered them up, you either had to
>> shock the drive enough to unstick the heads, or manually turn the stepper
>> motor. Both of those being wonderful things to do to a hard drive.
>Well, I guess I didn't do a very thorough job of disposing of my old MFM
>drives. Guess what I found today?
>You got it! Mitsubishi Electric Corporation mode MR522 Fixed Disk Drive. No
>defects listed on the label. Several stickers that say "DO NOT OPEN THIS
>I don't want to void the warranty, so I think I'll just throw it away. :)
>You live and learn. Or you don't live long. -L. Long
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